Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers

Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers

by Joanne Kong PhD (Editor)
Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers

Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers

by Joanne Kong PhD (Editor)


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A collection of informative, diverse, evocative, and inspiring essays from over 50 vegan activists, educators, artists, and changemakers on the whys and wherefores of the vegan diet and lifestyle.

Why should one go vegan? Is veganism the positive change the world needs? Vegan Voices: Essays by Inspiring Changemakers is a comprehensive collection of compelling testimonials about how our food choices are deeply connected to the pressing challenges and issues of our time. Areas covered include personal and global health; the devastation of animal agriculture to the environment; society’s collective loss of compassion and connection to our kindred animals; and the desire for a world of greater peace, harmony, and inclusivity. The book points to the need for a cultural and spiritual transformation in which we embrace the commonalities between all living beings as a source of positive change and healing.

Author and editor Joanne Kong has brought together the most inspiring and influential changemakers from around the world at the forefront of the vegan movement. They represent the great diversity of roles through which veganism has moved into the mainstream: activists, authors, speakers, athletes, entrepreneurs, community and event organizers, advocates for social and food justice, artists, filmmakers, medical and health professionals, environmental advocates, sanctuary owners, and more. The essays are organized into six sections: “Our Kindred Animals,” “Around the Globe,” “Activism,” “Body and Spirit,” “The Arts,” and “A New Future.”

Vegan Voices fills the needs of a wide range of readers, from those new to exploring the plant-based lifestyle to longtime vegans and advocates. Many essays are deeply personal reflections that attest to how veganism has the power to touch our lives on many levels. The book can be a source of continuing inspiration and motivation for those desiring to create a world of greater compassion and equality.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590566503
Publisher: Lantern Publishing & Media
Publication date: 10/05/2021
Pages: 324
Sales rank: 705,986
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Dr. Joanne Kong has been recognized as one of the most compelling advocates for plant-sourced nutrition today. A frequent public speaker at universities, festivals, and conferences, her highly praised TEDx talk, “The Power of Plant-Based Eating,” is on numerous websites. She has toured extensively—in Italy, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, and a three-week, ten-city tour of India—speaking on veganism. She is the author of If You’ve Ever Loved an Animal, Go Vegan (self-published), and is profiled in the book Legends of Change, about vegan women who are reshaping the world.

Table of Contents

Foreword Victoria Moran xv

Introduction Dr. Joanne Kong xix

Section 1 Our Kindred Animals

Dogs for Dinner Laura Barlow 3

The Harm of "Humane" Emily Moran Barwick 6

Might Does Not Make Right Katina Czyczelis 13

With Heart and Voice: Will Birds Sing or Will They Be Silent? Karen Davis, PhD 19

Swimming Against Ignorance and Cruelty Mary Finelli 23

Sanctuary: This Is What Matters Pete Kit Jagoda 27

A Birthday Surprise Ingrid Newkirk 33

There Is No Other Rae Sikora 36

What Kind of Person Am I? Jesse Tandler 40

Section 2 Around the Globe

Understanding the Power of Compassion Elin Gundersen 49

To a Nation of Animal Lovers Chris Hines 55

Veganism in Japan: Present Challenges and Hopes for the Future Nadia McKechnie 60

Vegan, Naturally Shankar Narayan 66

Veganism: A Changing World Doreen Rothe 70

The Israeli Food Revolution Ori Shavit 75

Expedition of a Vegan to the Heart of the Amazon Marly Winckler 81

Section 3 Activism

Thirty Years of Radical Compassion Hope Bohanec 89

How I Became a Voice for the Animals Shweta Borgaonkar 95

My Parents "Forced" Veganism on Me Sarina Farb 101

The Power of Isis Gwenna Hunter 104

A Momentous Time to Be Living Through Sandra Isobel Kyle 110

Stories of a "Bug Girl" Claudia Lifton 116

Is This Something You Want to Support? James O'Toole 121

Get Involved Curtis Vollmar 125

Section 4 Body and Spirit

A Journey to an Awakening of the Body, Mind, and Soul Nancy Arenas 133

Making Nutrition Real T. Colin Campbell, PhD 138

My Journey to Create a More Compassionate World Chatilla van Grinsven 146

The Terrain Dr. Elisa Beth Haransky-Beck 152

The Road to a Higher Self Giselle Mehta 158

Veganism, Yoga, and Me Victoria Moran 164

Awakening to Compassion across the Decades Nancy Poznak 169

We Are Deeply Interconnected Dr. Rupa Shah 175

Adventures in Myth-Busting Janice Stanger, PhD 180

Not Your Typical Vegan Derek Tresize 185

Vegan Larry Weiss 190

Section 5 The Arts

An Evolving Voice Jeff Adams 197

The Invisible Line Allison Argo 204

Vegangelism and the Gospel of Spiritual Alignment Thomas Wade Jackson 209

The Rise of Animal Photojournalism Jo-Anne McArthur 215

Artivism for the Animals Ryan A. Phillips 219

Reflections on Music, Animal Rights, and Human Rights Farah Siraj 223

Zen and the Art of Vegan Living Dr. Will Tuttle 229

Section 6 A New Future

In a Post-Meat Economy, People, Not Corporations, Thrive Gene Baur 239

Evolutions and Revolutions in Care-giving Rebecca Moore 242

Humane Investing: Creating a Better World Brenda A. Morris 249

Tools for a New World Abhay Rangan 255

Imagineering a Vegan World by 2026! Dr. Sailesh Rao 259

Purposefully Dreaming of a Vegan Future Stephanie Redcross West 265

The Hearts of Nations Clifton Roberts 270

Beyond Joy Lin Silvan 277

Positive Activism for Lifelong Change Krissi Vandenberg 282

Afterword Dr. Joanne Kong 287

Notes 291

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